Elite Trade Group

Saturday I undocked Ash in his Vexor. I needed something else than frigate size all the time so I took my cruiser down to Partod, the last system of a dead end constellation.

In Anara, one jump before Partod, I had a Thorax on scan, apparently ratting. I fired up my thrusters and warped there. A quick point and a stable orbit later, the poor victim was about to die. His Hornet I did none to absolutely none damage, and my Hammerhead IIs slowly chipped down its reinforces armour.

Then a Vexor entered the belt, member of the alliance Elite Trade Group, as the Thorax’ pilot was. Due to fail maneuvering I lost my point on the Thorax, which was in deep structure, and was scrambled by the Vexor. Kept in shortrange as my MWD was shut down, I started to de-assemble my enemy, and when my drones finally arrived (25+ kilometres are a very long way for Hammerheads…) they stripped the cruiser of its shields and armour.

Although he did some decent repairing and even killed one of my drones (could’ve been the Thorax’ work as well, I didn’t even notice it until I scooped my drones afterwards), I finally killed him – 391 HP structure left.

I even overheated my two small blasters … it probably saved my ass.

Grabbing the more precious loot I warped off and repaired my armour. When I was done, the Thorax was back on scan – time to get him!

He quickly died although he had fully repaired his armour and even sported a flight of Warrior IIs this time. Well, more loot for me!

Later I found following comment on their killboard, made by the Vexor pilot at his own loss mail:

Waynebo > Faulty intel Q.Q

Today I log in and see Waynebo in local channel.

Ashnazg > what does your faulty intel say this time?

I don’t wait for an answer but leave the system. Next system: Hulk and Retriever on directional scan. I quickly pinpoint them and rush in the belt, this time in my Incursus. As I approach the belt, the Retriever is no longer on scan. Did they notice my presence…?

When I arrive in belt, the Hulk is 15 clicks off, I overload my scrambler and burn to my shiney prey.

Its massive shields tank like hell, but slowly and they approach their limits and with my turrets overheated I finally break through into the Exhumer’s armour. In the meanwhile an Iteron Mark V appeared in the belt, probably the Retriever pilot coming to haul their effort’s results.

The Hulk’s full rack of Hammerhead IIs doesn’t fire a single shot at my frigate, but my lone Hobgoblin II takes slight damage – although even a single Hammerhead II would’ve been enough to take me out during the long time it took me to kill the Exhumer.

The Iteron V locks me but does not engage.

While the Hulk enters structure, the Industrial warps out again and Thorax and Brutix appear on scan. I quickly finish off my victim, try to loot (‘not enough cargo left’) and to point and kill the pod as well. But the moment the reinforcements leave the warp, the pod warps out and so do I.

Retreating to a safe spot I type a short message in local.

Ashnazg > slightly too slow, mates.
Akira Akawa > yeh good kill
Ashnazg > nah. ‘good’ is something else tbh ^^

And see, who enters local: Waynebo!

Waynebo > it says that you’ll stay docked…

Although it takes a moment for me to figure it out, I finally understand it. Laughing up my sleeve I warp between my bookmarks and wait for the GCC to run out.

After fiveteen long minutes I leave system. On the other side of the gate waits a flashy Raptor. Although not belonging to said alliance, it smells of a bait (not to mention my nearly burned guns) and I move on. When I leave warp, the Raptor is there already.

It is a bait. And a <ETG> Drake appears at the gate as well. The Interceptor locks me but does not aggress, the Drake jumps in the meanwhile. I consider warping off but finally jumped.

Guess, who waited at the other side: Waynebo, in his beloved Ishkur. I warp to a safe, take the longer route back to my base system and leave a comment in local:

Ashnazg > haha lol

Fun alliance, to be honest.

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11 Comments

  1. Hi there,
    interesting Post. My first tries in real PVP ended up as a piece of space wreck…. although not everytime back in my clone ;)

    Maybe one day i´ll be skilled enough to come back to low an quit some open bills with some bastards out there :)

    Anyway, how it came i was deleted from your german-blog-list ?

    Looking forward to “meet” you online…
    Have a nice day and fly save :)
    N.

    • Dunno. Perhaps you were too inactive when I checked the blog roll last time? Or the topics weren’t fitting? :)

      • Well, maybe thats the point…
        So i gotta improve the blogquality :)

  2. […] ist ein alter Bekannter von der ETG, den ich auch in einer Assaultfrig mit meiner Rifter angehen würde, also ab in die Rifter und nach […]

  3. If I recall, you were keeping well out of my blaster range, so I targeted some drones in a vain effort to reduce your DPS. Then I got greedy when returning to get loot, but it is a lesson I will remember!

    Nice work on keeping control of range in the fight. It was intersting, though painful, to see the theory demonstrated in the practical. While you did lose your point on me, it was your use of range that kept you alive. Had I been able to hit you with the blasters instead of just my drones, you would have gone down. In the event, we went down!

    • Did I mention that it was an absolutely awesome fight nontheless? My heart was pumping like it was going to kill me :P

  4. Oh yes, I had a hell of a good time as well!

  5. Your fail blog talking about a fail alliance = epic fail. Hahahahah you fail they fail.

    Have a look here to see real pilots owning > http://chainofchaos.podzone.net/Killboard/?a=home

    • Ah cool. Thanks for the kb link. :) (Irony)

    • Real pilots owning = hot dropping any chance they get, oh and killing haulers at gates in Nyx’s. Tough as bro.

    • Ah yes, the quality sportsmanship and maturity that some of our fellow pilots display is remarkable.


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